Our Team

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Becca Girsch

Executive Director


Becca brings to the Chamber nearly ten years of retail experience as a small business owner. As a result, she has a passion for supporting small businesses, and a commitment to developing thriving and sustainable commercial corridors. Becca joined the Chamber's staff in 2018 and before that owned She One Boutique, a women's clothing store located on Southport Avenue. Prior to owning She One, Becca spent eight years practicing commercial litigation in Chicago as an attorney at Freeborn & Peters LLP and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP. Becca has a B.A. in History from Villanova University and a Juris Doctorate from DePaul University College of Law.

Contact Becca about:

  • Organizational management questions

  • Strategic partnerships

  • Advocacy and policy issues

  • Planning, zoning and development issues


Robert morvay

Community Development & SSA 27 Director


With four years of experience in the Chicago Chamber of Commerce and SSA community, Robert brings his passion for urban development to Lakeview and Roscoe Village. Prior to joining the chamber in 2023, Robert was Business Development Coordinator at the Northalsted Business Alliance and Program Manager for SSA #18, working with the Northalsted Staff/Chamber and SSA #18 to create events and marketing plans, coordinate street festivals, develop and manage budgets, maintain the streetscape, and much more. Robert holds a B.A. in Acting with a Marketing Concentration from Columbia College Chicago.

Contact Robert about:

  • Lakeview Special Service Area (SSA) 27

  • Community relations

  • Placemaking, public spaces and public art

  • Landscaping and streetscape enhancements

  • Sidewalk maintenance

  • Internship opportunities


Erik Carlson

Business Services Director


Erik brings over five years of economic and community development experience prior to joining the Lakeview Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce in 2022. Before joining the Chamber, Erik worked as the workforce development specialist for the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce and an economic development specialist with Invest Aurora, the city of Aurora’s economic development agency. Erik also has experience working for the Peace Corps in Albania, Heartland Alliance in Chicago, as well as One Summer Chicago. Erik Holds a B.A. in Sociology and German from Beloit College and a M.S. in Sociology with a focus on applied community and economic development from Illinois State University.

Contact Erik about:

  • Membership questions and services

  • General business assistance and problem solving (marketing, referrals, financing, permitting, etc.)

  • Business to business event sponsorship opportunities

  • Available storefronts and site selection

  • New business assistance

  • Neighborhood market research


Alyssa Lombardo

Events & Marketing Director


Alyssa started her Chamber of Commerce career in 2019. Before joining the Lakeview and Roscoe Village Chamber, she was the Director of Events for Elk Grove, Itasca, and Wood Dale Chamber of Commerce. In addition to events, she also created marketing campaigns, oversaw Greater O’Hare Networking Executives, and attended the American Chamber of Commerce Executives Conference. Alyssa holds a BS in Event Management and Sociology from Central Michigan University where she was enrolled in a Gold Pinnacle Award Winning Program for Event Management.

Contact Alyssa about:

  • Lakeview Taco Fest

  • Roscoe Village Burger Fest

  • Lincoln Roscoe Beer Stroll

  • Southport Holiday Stroll & Cocktail Crawl

  • Wine Walk

  • PorchFest

  • Restaurant Week

  • Neighborhood Marketing

  • Community Newsletter

  • Community Event Sponsorship Opportunities

Julie Star

Engagement Manager


Julie joined the Chamber in 2021 and has over 15 years of retail, management, event planning and marketing experience. She has a passion for connecting people and businesses and planning exciting events that bring the community  together. Julie enjoys being active and traveling with her husband and two daughters, who currently attend Coonley Elementary School. She has been a Girl Scout Troop leader, worked on the fundraising committee and Co-chaired school dances throughout the years. She has partnered with GLOW (Girls Leading Others Wisely) to lead courses with tweens to help lead and provide girls with the self-confidence and skills necessary to become effective influential leaders. She is also partnered with Impact Parents where she is being trained, certified and licensed to deliver a proven behavior management training program to parents and educators in the community. Julie has a BA in Textile and Apparel Management from the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Contact Julie about:

  • Belmont Bunny Hop

  • Low-Line Market

  • Roscoe Village Farmers Market

  • Summer Sidewalk Sale

  • Shop for Schools

  • Trick or Treat on Southport

  • Small Business Saturday

  • Lakeview Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremonies

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Deana Martin



Deana Martin has a BS in Accounting and 20 years of experience in bookkeeping and accounting. Deana started with the Chamber in 2015 and also works at the West Town Chamber of Commerce.

Note: Deana is in the office Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

Contact Deana about:

  • Accounts payable and receivable questions


Media Inquiries

Lisa Ripson

Principal, Ripson Group

(312) 493-5921